Pelé debut on the Brazilian team turns 60 today - plu55

60 years ago, a young Pelé debuted for the Brazilian team

The king of football was only 16 but managed to score his first goal for the seleção against Argentina
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On July 7, 1957, a legend started. Pelé, Brazilian football legend, made his debut on the Brazilian team. The game was against Argentina, at Maracanã stadium. Of course, the King scored. Amadeo Carrizo, was the goalie who had the honor of conceding the goal. Edson Arantes do Nascimento was only 16.

Back then he still didn’t wear the number 10 jersey that made him famous. Pelé went on the field wearing the 13. Brazil lost the match 2-1. The game was the first on the Roca Cup. Today, this tournament is called Americas Super Cup.

Pelé debut came only on second half

Pelé was on the bench and entered at the second half. On the next Copa Roca game, Brazil won 2-0 and became champion. The young King was in the starting eleven, wore the number 8 jersey and once again scored a goal.

Brazil was losing by 1-0. The fans shouted Pelé’s name on the stands. Coach Sylvio Pirillo decided to put him in. The centre-forward scored the equalizer in minute 32. Moacir gave the assistance. Shortly afterward, Argentina scored.

The King played for the seleção for 17 years. He scored 95 goals and won the 1958, 1962 and 1970 W0rld Cups.

Biopic shows the story of young Pelé

In May, the movie ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’ debuted. The picture tells the story of the first years of the life of the football legend.

The movie, from directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, shows Pelé’s transformation from young boy to national treasure. Unquestionably one of the finest football players to grace the field, Pelé helped Brazil to its first ever World Cup victory in 1958 with an unforgettable header during injury time.

Since then, Pelé played in two more victorious World Cup teams. Today, he remains one of the world’s highest-scoring footballers. ‘Pele: Birth of a Legend’ charts the footballer’s transformation and training from a young boy to Brazilian hero in the span of just eight years.